On 18 Nov 2012, an intimately sized race that featured beautiful foliage and scenic views of the Potomac river took place in memory of Dean Shulman.
This race has been referred to as the easiest marathon in America. Though this fact could be debated, I would be willing to go on record saying that it is the most user friendly marathon in America. The race allows the participant to tailor the experience to their personal needs or wants in a unique way. Let me explain. You can run the half marathon or the full, you can have an early start or a slightly later start, and the race is run twice a year, so you can run in the fall or in the spring.
The course itself is a out and back set on a 6.6 mile stretch of the historic C&O canal towpath that begins and ends at the Carderock Recreation Area. The race surface is gravel and packed dirt, with a minimal elevation change occurring only when needed to cross over the locks.
As with most races, the event organizers elected to contribute proceeds and raise awareness for a program that does great things for people in need. The "Buy a Brick Foundation" was the more than deserving charity partner in this instance.
Learn about the Buy a Brick foundation: http://buyabrick.com/
I experienced both of the 2012 installments of this race. In the spring, I accomplished the full marathon with a time of (3:38:02) and I came back in the fall to accomplish the half in (1:36:08). Both instances were well worth the price of admission and the 4 hour drive each way from my home in Central Va.
This race will always be special to me because of the organizers, the atmosphere and of course my first ever....drum roll please......first ever over-all half marathon VICTORY!!! Okay, I got it out of my system, it may never happen again, so please forgive the public celebration.
Many thanks go to Jay Wind of the Safety and Health Foundation for the amazing experience at the Potomac River Run Marathon.
Learn about The Safety and Health Foundation http://www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/index.php